CRIME Fake doc­tor in­fects 6-yr-old boy with HIV

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - From Has­san Ibrahim, Lafia

Nasarawa State Com­mand of the Nige­rian Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fense Corps (NSCDC) has said that a fake med­i­cal doc­tor ar­rested for al­legedly in­fect­ing a six-year-old boy with HIV through un­screened blood trans­fu­sion has tested pos­i­tive to the virus.

NSCDC Com­man­dant in the state Lawan Bashir-Kano, who dis­closed this to jour­nal­ists in Lafia yes­ter­day, said in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case re­vealed that both the 30-year-old fake doc­tor Jonathan Ibrahim and his wife tested pos­i­tive to the HIV virus.

He said the com­mand had con­cluded in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the state gov­ern­ment, through the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral, had com­menced pros­e­cu­tion of the sus­pect.

“As we speak, the sus­pect has al­ready been re­manded at the Lafia pri­son fol­low­ing his ar­raign­ment at the Up­per Area Court in Doma on Tues­day, Au­gust 1,” he said.

He said the com­mand is work­ing to see how it can as­sist the boy’s fam­ily to ame­lio­rate his plight and called on spir­ited in­di­vid­u­als to help the fam­ily through the state com­mand.

Bashir-Kano said the sus­pect, who op­er­ated a clinic at Iwashi vil­lage in Doma Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state, was ar­rested fol­low­ing com­plaint about his ac­tiv­i­ties from mem­bers of the pub­lic, in­clud­ing the par­ents of the boy re­cently in­fected with the virus.

The com­man­dant said the sus­pect had con­fessed to run­ning an il­le­gal clinic and trans­fused un­screened blood to the boy in ques­tion, along with three other pa­tients at his fa­cil­ity last year.

The com­man­dant called on mem­bers of the pub­lic to be vig­i­lant and wary of fake med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers and re­port any sus­pi­cious med­i­cal per­son­nel or out­fit to se­cu­rity agen­cies for ac­tion.

The fake doc­tor, Jonathan Ibrahim

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